Principal’s Post 5.30.19

Happy Summer!


Thank you to Mrs. Gamboa and Mrs. Seibert for their leadership with Mass and 8th Grade Graduation.Mass on Tuesday.  Bishop Peter Christensen challenges all of us to continue to grow in our faith. Thank you to everyone who came to Mass this week.  Please know, all are welcome each week. We look forward to seeing you at Mass over the summer.


  • St. Joseph’s welcomes Kimberly Anderson as our new art teacher.  Mrs. Anderson is a 2006 Bishop Kelly Graduate.  She has been teaching art for 8 years in the West Ada School District at Victory and Lake Hazel middle schools.  One of her principal references referred to Mrs. Anderson, “As the best art teacher he has worked with. She gets students to make awesome art!”  Kimberly is a graduate of the College of Idaho.


  • David Maxwell will be the K-5 PE teacher and athletic director for St. Joseph’s teams and sports.  Mr. Maxwell will bring his energy to the gym this next year.   Mr. Maxwell motivates students and builds rapport with them well.  He will has years of coaching experience at all ages from kindergarten through varsity level in high school.  Mr. Maxwell is transitioning from middle school English teacher to this position.
  • Chelsea Cammann will be leaving St. Joseph’s this summer.  We are grateful for her energetic spirit and talents.  Ms. Cammann has done a wonderful job teaching second grade at St. Joseph’s and preparing students for their First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation.  Thank you Ms. Cammann for being so instrumental in the lives of so many students’ education, sacraments, and guiding them to join the church. Please join me in thanking Ms. Cammann and join me in praying for her as she transitions to life outside of teaching.


  • I have been blessed to be the principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic School the last two years.  I am so thankful to work with all of your wonderful students. The kids are the highlight of each day.  However, my first vocation is to be a husband and father. At the end of this year I will be resigning as the principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  I will pray for and work with the next principal to make the transition as smooth as possible. Thank you again for choosing St. Joseph’s Catholic School for your students.  It has been an honor to work here and serve your students. Bravely act like a Saint today!-Tony Quilici
  • Announcement from new principal Tammy Emerich: Hi, my name is Tammy Emerich and I am excited to be named the next principal at St. Joe’s.

I am a career educator and taught English for many years before becoming an administrator. I have been an administrator of Catholic Schools for the past nine years. The first half of my tenure as an assistant principal at Bishop Kelly High School and I have served as the St. Mary’s principal for the past four years.

I am a cradle Catholic and come from a large Catholic family of seven. My faith is strengthened each day through prayer and having the amazing opportunity to work in a Catholic school setting with faith-filled faculty and amazing students and their families! Serving at St. Joe’s will help me continue on my faith journey! I am married to my amazing husband Mike and we are blessed with an incredible son, Joseph who currently attends Bishop Kelly. Joe attended St. Joe’s in middle school and he had a great experience there. He still speaks very fondly of his middle school teachers.

I look forward to serving the St. Joe’s community; the faculty and staff, students, parents, pastor and school board members. Together, we can continue to strengthen all that St. Joe’s Catholic School has to offer.

Annual St. Joseph’s Catholic School Parent Survey

Please take time to complete the following survey.  We use this information as part of our process for shaping goals and changes for next year.  Link to the 2018-2019 Survey

Class Placement

Class placement with suggested summer work and your student’s teacher’s name will be emailed out by June 14.

Middle School Electives

There will be a separate email sent out to Middle School Parents in mid June with a link to request Middle School Electives (6th -8th grades) for next school year.


Boise finds itself as an area of continued growth.  As you gain new neighbors, and as your friends and colleagues discuss school considerations, please encourage them to take a look at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  We have limited room in early grades (k-5). Thank you for your support and for your referrals.

St. Joseph’s Class of 2015-Bishop Kelly Class of 2019 College Choices:

30/30 are College Bound and Accepted

Boise State University 4
Texas Christian University 4
University of Utah 3
Montana State University 2
University of Iowa 2
Boston College 1
College of Idaho 1
Furman University 1
Gonzaga University 1
Grand Canyon University 1
Occidental College 1
Purdue University 1
Santa Clara University 1
Shoreline Community College 1
United States Air Force Academy 1
University of California Santa Cruz 1
University of Idaho 1
Johns Hopkins University 1
University of San Diego 1
Whitworth University 1

What makes St. Joseph’s Catholic School the best school in Boise?  Snapshots of the State of Joseph’s 2019:

As I finish my second year at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, I want to share some of what we have accomplished over the past two years.  When I was hired here, I came in with the goal to maintain St. Joseph’s Catholic School as the best school in Boise. My three areas of focus include:


  • Safety
  • Faith and Community
  • Student Learning


Below are some of the enhancements, changes, processes we have done and implemented for Student Learning:

    • Professional Development  and credit opportunities for staff:
      • 2017-2018:


  • Words Their Way Book Study


      • Essential Outcomes, June
      • Rubrics, June
    • 2018-2019:
      • Engaging Classrooms, October (Stroebe)
      • Project Based Learning, January
      • Classroom Management, February
      • Differentiated Instruction, February
      • Social and Emotional Needs of Students, February
      • Curriculum Mapping, June
      • Daily 5 and Cafe Book Study
  • Piloted math support position
  • Piloted Star and Accelerated Math
  • Implemented student support position
  • Implemented Istation, testing for the Idaho Reading Indicator, using it k-4
  • Stand up desks for middle school math
  • Added tables and chairs to one of the middle school English classrooms
  • Created skills based grades on report cards for first grade, religion k-8, sle k-8
  • Launched and designed new report cards
  • Piloted and implemented Study Center, support for middle school students
  • Adopted and implemented Lucy Calkins writing resources k-8
  • Adopted Words Their Way for k-3
  • Adopted Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. for k-5


Parents of 8th Grade Students Whose Students are Going to Bishop Kelly Next Year

In order to receive the Parish Subsidy at Bishop Kelly, the linked form must be completed and provide to your registered parish.  The Parish Subsidy is due to St. John’s no later than 4pm on June 28th.  Letter from Fr. Jerry to St. John’s parishioners.

2019-2020 Proposed School Calendar

SafeStudents Online

New Activation Method

To activate your account, please visit Select our school from the dropdown list and type in the email address you have on file with our school (your SafeStudents Online account is linked to your email address). If you have any questions or trouble with the process, please reach out to

This is for our families with students in grades 5-8.  The goal is to coach and provide students a safer and healthier online experience and provide open communication between parents and students.  All you need to do is sit down with your student(s) and take less than 5 minutes to set it up.

If you still have questions, please feel free to view the video link below and call or email questions to myself ( or our counselor Mrs. Porter (

Three new apps added to list for monitoring: GroupMe, Flickr, and Kidzworld.

Link to Video Explanation



Link to Resources

Student Safety

St. Joseph’s Catholic School Community,

We have had a gentleman in the last week return to the school premises during the morning between 7:30 am-10 am.  He was noticed and addressed by school personnel.

We are working with Boise Police, and he has been told not to be on campus, including the Cathedral, during the school week.

We ask that you be aware and let the school, 208-342-4909 and BPD 208-377-6790 know right away if you see him around the school.

Thank you for your help in precautionary safety of our students and children,

Link to a recent article about how teens use burner phones to defy parents

We are preparing to rollout Family Alert from Bark.  These alerts will notify parents of concerning behavior from their student(s) on the St. Joseph’s Google accounts.  These alerts to families will be to fill the void of nights, weekends, and upcoming summer. There will be more information from this to come.

We ran a reverse evacuation drill Friday, May 3.  We were able get all students inside the building quickly.

Link to Momo Awareness

Link to an article from a safety committee that St. Joseph’s is using information and concepts from to inform and guide the plans and procedures for St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

See something, say something.  I would like to remind and urge everyone if you see something out of place, please report it to the Office as soon as possible.  It is much better to be safe and say something than to worry about it.

For information on our current terminology and practice, please refer to our

Safety Parent Letter.

Bravely act like a Saint today!

We are blessed to have a loving and supportive community.  As a Catholic community, we hold ourselves to a higher standard.  When you see someone in our community going above and beyond leading by example and bravely acting like a saint, please let me know using the following link.

Bravely act like a saint today!